European actors under 50: talent and good looks

by emmegipi11 | created - 01 Feb 2016 | updated - 15 Sep 2018 | Public

Some of them are well known worldwide, others are known in their respective countries. In no particular order.

1. Kim Rossi Stuart

Actor | Vallanzasca - Gli angeli del male

Kim Rossi Stuart was born on October 31th, 1969 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He began acting at the age of 5 along with his father Giacomo Rossi Stuart in The Murri Affair (1974). Kim's mother, Klara Müller, is an ex-top model. Kim has 3 sisters, 2 of them actresses like him: Loretta Rossi Stuart and ...

2. Ettore Bassi

Actor | Chiara e Francesco

Ettore Bassi was born on April 16, 1970 in Bari, Puglia, Italy. He is an actor, known for Chiara e Francesco (2007), Il commissario Rex (2008) and Casa famiglia (2001). He has been married to Angelica Riboni since 2009. They have three children.

3. Benedict Cumberbatch

Actor | The Imitation Game

Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch was born and raised in London, England. His parents, Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton (born Timothy Carlton Congdon Cumberbatch), are both actors. He is a grandson of submarine commander Henry Carlton Cumberbatch, and a great-grandson of diplomat Henry Arnold ...

4. Benoît Magimel

Actor | La pianiste

Son of a nurse and a bank employee, Benoît Magimel was born in Paris and grew up there. At age 12, he played Momo in Life Is a Long Quiet River (1988) by Étienne Chatiliez. He stopped his studies at age 16 to become an actor.

But he had a dual personality: on one hand the man of low budget films ...

5. David Tennant

Actor | Doctor Who

David Tennant was born David John McDonald in West Lothian, Scotland, to Essdale Helen (McLeod) and Sandy McDonald, who was a Presbyterian minister. He is of Scottish and Ulster-Scots descent. When he was about 3 or 4 years old, he decided to become an actor, inspired by his love of Doctor Who (...

6. JJ Feild

Actor | Captain America: The First Avenger

JJ Feild was born on April 1, 1978 in Boulder, Colorado, USA as John Joseph Feild. He is an actor, known for Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Centurion (2010) and Austenland (2013).

7. Martin Freeman

Actor | Black Panther

Martin Freeman is an English actor, known for portraying Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit film trilogy, Tim Canterbury in the original UK version of sitcom mockumentary The Office (2001), Dr. John Watson in the British crime drama Sherlock (2010) and Lester Nygaard in the dark ...

8. Eddie Redmayne

Actor | Les Misérables

British actor Eddie Redmayne won the Academy Award for Best Actor (for The Theory of Everything (2014)).

Edward John David Redmayne was born and raised in London, England, the son of Patricia (Burke) and Richard Charles Tunstall Redmayne, a businessman. His great-grandfather was Sir Richard ...

9. Elio Germano

Actor | Mio fratello è figlio unico

Elio Germano was born on September 25, 1980 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is an actor and writer, known for My Brother Is an Only Child (2007), Leopardi (2014) and Nine (2009).

10. Jonny Lee Miller

Actor | Mindhunters

Jonny Lee Miller (sometimes credited with an H) was born on November 15, 1972, in Kingston, England, UK, to actors Anna Lee and Alan Miller, and the grandson of actor Bernard Lee. After appearing in many high school plays at his selective state grammar school, Jonny dropped out at 17, to pursue ...

11. Valerio Mastandrea

Actor | Perfetti sconosciuti

Valerio Mastandrea was born on February 14, 1972 in Garbatella, Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is an actor and producer, known for Perfect Strangers (2016), Laughing (2018) and Balancing Act (2012).

12. Nicolas Duvauchelle

Actor | Polisse

Touted as a rebel, Duvauchelle seem to be one of the most promising young actors in France and Europe. While studying to become a pharmacy employee, he was discovered in a boxing club in Paris. After some auditions, he starred in Le petit voleur (1999), and many other films such as Snowboarder (...

13. Romain Duris

Actor | De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté

Appealing actor Romain Duris is the exact example of those who arrived in the movie industry by chance, and to stardom without really desiring it. Discovered by a casting director while he was waiting in front of a high school in Paris, he was offered a role. Between popular successes such as Le p&...

14. Grégoire Colin

Actor | Nénette et Boni

Grégoire Colin was born on July 25, 1975 in Châtenay-Malabry, Hauts-de-Seine, France. He is an actor and director, known for Nenette and Boni (1996), Opium (2013) and On the Edge (2012).

15. Peppino Mazzotta

Actor | Anime nere

Peppino Mazzotta was born on May 20, 1971 in Domanico, Calabria, Italy. He is an actor, known for Black Souls (2014), La velocità della luce (2008) and We Believed (2010).

16. Cillian Murphy

Actor | 28 Days Later...

Striking Irish actor Cillian Murphy was born in Douglas, the oldest child of Brendan Murphy, who works for the Irish Department of Education, and a mother who is a teacher of French. He has three younger siblings. Murphy was educated at Presentation Brothers College, Cork. He went on to study law ...

17. Blake Ritson

Actor | RocknRolla

Blake Ritson started acting when he was 13, debuting in White Chameleon at the Royal National Theatre, directed by Sir Richard Eyre for which he received rave reviews. He worked with Sir Richard Eyre again two years later on Macbeth, and went on to appear in the original West End run of Tom ...

18. James McAvoy

Actor | Filth

McAvoy was born on 21 April 1979 in Glasgow, Scotland, to Elizabeth (née Johnstone), a nurse, and James McAvoy senior, a bus driver. He was raised on a housing estate in Drumchapel, Glasgow by his maternal grandparents (James, a butcher, and Mary), after his parents divorced when James was 11. He ...

19. Ewan McGregor

Actor | Moulin Rouge!

Ewan Gordon McGregor was born on March 31, 1971 in Perth, Perthshire, Scotland, to Carol Diane (Lawson) and James Charles McGregor, both teachers. His uncle is actor Denis Lawson. He was raised in Crieff. At age 16, he left Morrison Academy to join the Perth Repertory Theatre. His parents ...

20. Tom Hardy

Actor | Inception

With his breakthrough performance as Eames in Christopher Nolan's sci-fi thriller Inception (2010), English actor Tom Hardy has been brought to the attention of mainstream audiences worldwide. However, the versatile actor has been steadily working on both stage and screen since his television debut...

21. Alexander Skarsgård

Actor | True Blood

Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård was born in Stockholm, Sweden and is the eldest son of famed actor Stellan Skarsgård. Among his siblings are actors Gustaf Skarsgård, Bill Skarsgård, and Valter Skarsgård. For most of his formative years, his father was an acclaimed actor in Europe but had not yet ...

22. Michael Fassbender

Actor | Shame

Michael Fassbender was born in Heidelberg, Germany, to a German father, Josef, and an Irish mother, Adele (originally from Larne, County Antrim, in Northern Ireland). Michael was raised in the town of Killarney, Co. Kerry, in south-west Ireland, where his family moved to when he was two years old. ...

23. Guillaume Canet

Actor | Jeux d'enfants

Son of horse breeders, the young man spent his childhood in the countryside near Paris. In his youth, Guillaume wanted to be a horse-rider, and briefly followed a professional career in the sport. A bad fall broke his dreams, but is at the origin of his acting career, and success. After briefly ...

24. Tom Hiddleston

Actor | The Avengers

Thomas William Hiddleston was born in Westminster, London, to English-born Diana Patricia (Servaes) and Scottish-born James Norman Hiddleston. His mother is a former stage manager, and his father, a scientist, was the managing director of a pharmaceutical company. He started off at the preparatory ...

25. Jean-Baptiste Maunier

Actor | Les choristes

Jean-Baptiste Maunier was born on December 22, 1990 in Brignoles, Var, France. He is an actor, known for The Chorus (2004), Le grand Meaulnes (2006) and Merlin (2012).

26. Lino Guanciale

Actor | To Rome with Love

Lino Guanciale (Avezzano, Italy, 1979) graduated in 2003 from the Silvio D'Amico National Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he won the Gassman Prize as Best Actor of the previous ten years. Immediately upon graduation, he began working in the theatre, with Gigi Proietti (Romeo e Giulietta, the ...

27. George Blagden

Actor | Les Misérables

George Blagden is a London-based film and stage actor who is best known for his television roles in the historical dramas Versailles and Vikings, where he plays King Louis XIV and the Anglo-Saxon monk Athelstan respectively.

He also played the role of the cynical revolutionary Grantaire in the award ...



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